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Sep 14, 2004
| ISBN 9781400079001
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Sep 14, 2004 | ISBN 9781400079001
These two modern classics by the great Japanese novelist Junichiro Tanizaki, both utilize the diary form to explore the authority that love and sex have over all.In The Key, a middle-aged professor plies his wife of thirty years with any number of stimulants, from brandy to a handsome young lover, in order to reach new heights of pleasure. Their alternating diaries record their separate adventures, but whether for themselves or each other becomes the question. Diary of a Mad Old Man records, with alternating humor and sadness, seventy-seven-year-old Utsugi’s discovery that even his stroke-ravaged body still contains a raging libido, especially in the unwitting presence of his chic, mysterious daughter-in-law.
Junichiro Tanizaki was born in Tokyo in 1886 and lived in the city until the earthquake of 1923, when he moved to the Kyoto-Osaka region, the scene of one of his most well-known novels, The Makioka Sisters (1943-48). The author… More about Junichiro Tanizaki
“Japan’s great modern novelist É. Tanizaki created a lifelong series of ingenious variations on a diominan theme: the power of love to energize and destroy.” —Chicago Tribune“The Key is a story about sex and marriage that is as explicit as any novel on the theme since Lady Chatterly’s Lover.” –Time“The diarist Utsugi is an absolutely convincing creationÉfunny and ultimately appealing.” —The Atlantic
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